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Activist sentenced to 13 years

AFPBEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — A prominent Chinese political campaigner was sentenced to 13 years in jail on Wednesday, a court in central China said.

Qin Yongmin was found “guilty of subversion of state power,” the Wuhan City Intermediate People’s Court said on its official website.

The 64-year-old, first jailed as a “counter-revolutionary” from 1981 to 1989, has already spent a total of 22 years in prison.

At the time of his arrest in January 2015, Qin was the head of the pro-democracy China Human Rights Watch group, which circulated online statements denouncing government policies, as well as organizing discussion groups.

Qin had “refused to cooperate with the court” and remained completely silent during his trial in May, lawyer Lin Qilei had previously told AFP.

His lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the verdict on Wednesday.

The verdict comes a day after Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, left China for Germany.Speech

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